An Afternoon Metal Medley in Purgatory – 7.20.16 I’m never more thankful for owning a complete catalog
of Slayer’s full discography as I am when the neighbors have their friends and their offspring over for a pool party. I don’t have many hard rules in life but if I’m going to hear shrieks to the heavens someone better be banging the hell out of a high hat.
If I had to be forced into a full star rating system, I would begrudgingly round up Los Angeles Noir to three-stars. But this is my blog, so we're knocking that down to a 2.5
I've read three of the Noir series from Akashic Books (LA, Vegas, OC) and the collections are very up and down as far as the story quality goes. The LA entry into the series is no exception, which is disappointing when you consider how often the city of Angels has proven to be a fine home for many classic noir tales.
There's a lot of hit and miss here, leaning more towards the miss. Without naming names, I suspect some of the stories were selected for the collection based on the author's bio versus the quality of the story.
I think a better editorial focus on what noir means to them would strongly help in collections like this. Even thematically, there's not a lot linking the stories together beyond basic geography. A lot of these stories could have taken place anywhere, in any large metropolita…